COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – Colorado College (11-1) broke a 10 all tie late in the first half netting two goals in the final 2:38 to take a 12-10 halftime lead and the Tigers were never relinquished the lead en route to a 22-18 win over visiting Williams (4-4).
The Ephs opened the scoring after winning the draw control to start the game and advancing into the attack zone, where Jenna Chodos scooped up a ground ball and scored unassisted at 29:27.
Colorado College got on the board at 25:57 when they capitalized on a free position shot and Lily Benjamin passed to Annie Defrino who beat Draper low, cutting the Eph lead to one at 2-1. Exactly one minute later the Tigers evened the score at two when Steph Kelly scored off a pass from Lily Benjamin.
Colorado took a 3-2 lead when Steph Kelly caught a high pass from Mary Taussig and beat Draper from just outside the circle at 24:09
Steph Kelly's third goal of the game, this one unassisted in a man-up situation, put Colorado on top 4-3 at 20:44. The Tigers lead went to two at 5-3 when Nikki Blair converted a free position attempt at 20:18
The Ephs' Emma Tenbarge cut the Tigers' lead to one at 5-4 when she scored in a man-up opportunity on a free position at 18:30. Mary Taussig answered the Tenbarge goal at 18:02 and Colorado was up 6-4.
Annie DeFrino netted an unassisted goal for Colorado at 15:54 and the Tigers went back up by two at 7-5. However the Ephs' Emma Tenbarge scored unassisted at 13:57 and then the Eph duo of Wollmers and Hogan teamed up again to tie the contest at seven all at 12:16 with Wollmers scoring again.
Colorado then re-took the lead at 8-7 when Lily Benjamin tallied an unassisted goal at 11:23. The Tigers then upped their lead to 9-7 when Nikki Blair converted off a free position shot with 9:30 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers' lead went to three, 10-7, when Annie DeFrino scored in close when she was set up by Ellie Meyer at 6:33.
With 5:16 remaining Jenna Chodos scored off a feed from Eliza Quigley and the Ephs now trailed 10-8. Just 48 seconds later the Ephs were within one goal at 10-9 as Kara Wollmers scored on a free position shot in a man-up situation.
Nineteen seconds later, however, Colorado re-claimed the lead, 11-10, when Ellie Meyer scored unassisted at 2:38. Colorado went up two goals, 12-10, when Lily Benjamin found Annie DeFrino inside and she scored on a high shot at 1:06 to close out the scoring in the first half.
Both teams fired off 17 shots in the opening 30 minutes. Eph goalie Margaret Draper made four saves while Colorado's Remy Wells had three saves. Williams led in ground balls 16-13, while Colorado had 12 turnovers to the Ephs' 10. Draw controls were even at 11 as were caused turnovers with both teams notching seven.
Colorado College was led by Annie DeFrino who scored four goals and Lily Benjamin who scored one goal and assisted on three.
The Ephs scored off the opening draw control to start the second half when Jenna Chodos cut into the middle and received a pass from Katie Gallop and slipped the ball past Wells at 29:35. Colorado now led 12-11.
Taking a free position shot at 27:46 Colorado's Sadie Cole converted a the man-up situation and restored the Tigers' 2-goal lead, 13-11. Colorado extended their lead to three to 14-11 at 25:51 when Sadie Cole scored off a pass from Annie DeFrino.
At 23:36 Hannah Lyons scored on a free position attempt in a man-up situation and the Tigers now led by four at 15-11.
Just 23 seconds later the Tigers went up five as Nikki Blair scored when the Tigers won the draw control and she scored unassisted.
Capitalizing on a man-up free position opportunity the Tigers' Mary Taussig scored at 19:52 and the Tigers were back up by five at 17-12.
At 18:24 the Tigers added their 18th goal when Lily Benjamin hit a hard charging Annie DeFrino coming into the goal area and DeFrino beat Draper to make the score 18-12 in Colorado's favor.
With 17:17 left in the second half the Ephs' Emma Tenbarge scored on a free position attempt with the Ephs a man-up and Colorado now led 18-13.
Kara Wollmers netted a free position goal at 8:47 in a man-up opportunity to make the score 18-14 in favor of Colorado. However, Annie DeFrino answered the Wollmers goal at 7:20 when she was assisted by Lily Benjamin, giving the Tigers a 19-14 lead.
Thirty-six seconds after the DeFrino goal the Ephs' Emma Tenbarge tallied an unassisted goal to make the score 19-15.
Annie DeFrino netted her seventh goal of the game and Colorado College's 20th goal at 5:12 on a free position attempt.
Just under four minutes remaining Colorado scored it s 21st goal when Lily Benjamin set up Steph Kelly.
With 2:47 left in the game Kara Wollmers notched her seventh goal of the game and the Colorado lead was five again at 21-16. At 2:37 Eliza Quigley scored for the Ephs with Emma Tenbarge assisting and 19 seconds after that Quigley scored again in a man-up opportunity with Jenna Chodos assisting and the Ephs were now down 3, 21-18
Colorado's Steph Kelly closed out the scoring in the game when she scored with one second left in the contest to give the Tigers a 22-18 win. Mary Taussig was credited with an assist on the Kelly goal.
"Colorado College is a very strong offensive team," stated Eph head coach Chris Mason. ""We need to play tougher on defense and through the middle of the field. We did have some nice goals though."
Colorado out shot the Ephs in the contest by a margin of 40-33. Williams collected 33 ground balls to the Tigers' 28. The Ephs won 23 of 40 draw controls, but they committed 25 turnovers to the Tigers' 19.
Eph goalie Margaret Draper made nine saves on the night while the Tigers' Remy Wells had seven.
The Tigers' Lily Benjamin also tallied seven points on the night adding six assists to her one goal.
Next up for the Ephs is home NESCAC contest versus Tufts at 5:30 p.m. on Farley-Lamb Field.